Girls' Soccer - Varsity
Kingswood Oxford School
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Win 6-3
In a game that held both extremes of play for Taft, the Big Red would show their mental fortitude and fight back after an abysmal start, Taft would fight back and earn a 6-3 victory for their final game on KJM in the 2017 season. While Taft would have the first great opportunity, Taft's foiled attack would be countered and Taft's back line would be exposed by Kingswood's speedy striker. She would get behind the Taft back line and beat the entire defense to put KO up 0-1. While Taft would hold the better of the possession, careless turnovers and lack of focus plagued the Rhinos and Kingswood would take advantage scoring a total of three counter goals from balls played over or behind the defensive backs. When morale was lowest, Emilee Adami '19 and Patience Kum '21 would combine to bring the halftime score to 1-3. Taft would build up the left side, Adami would cross a perfect ball, and Kum who was in the correct position on the last defender would time the cross perfectly and head home the first goal of the half. The second half was an entirely different feel. Where the first half showed some of Taft's worst mental play, the second half was on the opposite end of the spectrum for the entire 40 minutes. Taft would take the opening kickoff, march up the right side of the field, cross, and Kayla Thomas '20 beat two defenders on one deft touch, hammer the shot, and bring Taft within in just 38 seconds in. Although still down one, the energy and momentum had fully shifted. The Big Red would pepper the Kingswood keeper, putting 16 second half shots towards the visitor net. Jamie Howie '18 would draw the score level just over five minutes in off of a pass from Amanda Graziano '21. Taylor Jacobs '18 would score the eventual game-winner off of a restart for her first career goal in her final career game on the Katie Jackson Morrison '92 Field. Kum and Howie (assisted by Paton Roberts '21) would add second tallies to bring the score to 6-3 in favor of the hosts. Smarter passes, more focus on mitigating turnovers in bad areas of the field and really just playing a bit harder led Taft to six straight goals and the victory. The seniors saw the clock elapse while on the field and earned the most memorable victory of the season. Taft will end the regular season against rival Hotchkiss on Saturday. Kickoff will be at 2:00.